The statistics are in: The 2018 election was the highest turnout on record for a mid-term vote, with seventy-one (71%) percent of eligible voters marking their ballots. Some eighty (80%) percent did so with Early Ballots.
Officially,fifty-six (56%) percent voted No on Huckelberry’s Proposition 463, Road Bonds,while less than forty-four (44%) voted Yes. Sounds like a strong vote of No Confidence in the Pima County crony power structure. Sounds like voters a retired of lies. Is anybody listening?
While the County Establishment may ignore the new reality, the rest of us betterstart developing our candidates for the 2020 Board of Supervisor selection. A winning combination might bea team with a candidate each from the Republicans, Democrats, Greens and Libertarians — one unity candidate per district — a Green Tea Coalition to support Supervisor Ally Miller in her efforts to get both transparency and accountability from the BOS and their hired gun.
While some ADI commenters will just repeat their mantra that it’s all hopeless, that the voters are dumb, that woe is us, what the voters have clearly said is that this is the moment to set aside business as usual, that we can work together around a common cause and leave the partisan bickering for later.
The decision we all need to make, and soon, is whether we just want to keep on bitching and moaning or do we want to try something that might just work? Time to set ego and ideology aside and work together. It can be done. It has been done before. Green Tea Coalitions are working in Georgia and Florida. We can do it! It won’t be easy, it will take a lot of work,and we have to start now.
See Huckelberry December 10 memo to BOS re voter turnout here: http://webcms.pima.gov/UserFiles/Servers/Server_6/File/Government/Administration/CHHmemosFor%20Web/2018/December/2018%20General%20Election%20Statistics.pdf